This scrub is made of mostly crushed almonds along with other herbs, and while it is listed as a cleanser I tend to use it as a very gentle everyday scrub. The grains feel soft on the skin, and it leaves my skin soft and gently moisturized. I have oily combination skin so I use this mostly in the winters and whenever my skin feels extra dry. Dry skinned people or those with sensitive skin could use this as a morning cleanser or if there isnt much makeup/dirt to take off but you just need a quick gentle cleanse.
Smashbox Cosmetics comes out with products that are so fashion-forward and perfectly in tune with the very latest makeup trends. From soft, pigmented neutrals to easy-to-blend bright mattes, they have eyeshadows to suit every makeup mood, and overall, I think the prices of the products are quite reasonable, especially for the quality. I love their Be Legendary lipsticks and of course their black eyeliner.
I haven't tried very many products from Benefit, but the few that I have tried I have loved. First off are the Benefit tints, liquid brushes or cheek stains. My favorites are Posietint, Benetint, and Cha Cha. All very pigmented, long-lasting, and perfect for getting a natural-looking flush of color that can easily be built up as desired. I like to use a stippling brush for best application. Also love the eye primer and cream eyeshadows.
Maybelline New York makes the best drugstore/inexpensive makeup, imo. My favorites are the lipsticks - available in so many finishes (matte/glossy/shimmer) and a ton of colors from nudes and neutrals to trendy pops of color. Maybelline usually comes out with very on-trend colors and products, and the prices are great for those who want to try out the latest makeup trends without splurging on luxury makeup. The quality is quite good too. Also love the Maybelline gel eyeliners - good basic colors and especially love the great eyeliner brush that is included with the liner. The brush alone is worth buying the liner!
Dove skincare is often recommended for people with sensitive skin, and as someone who falls into that category, I can totally agree with that. Dove products are often fragrance-free or very lightly scented, and I haven't had any irritation with whatever I have tried out so far. My favorite is the Dove Dry Spray deodorant and Fresh deo stick. Both have a soft, mild scent, have never irritated my skin, and most importantly, they work. Also love the body lotions and body wash.
Becca Cosmetics makes some lovely products, but my favorite has to be the Becca Opal highlighter (the liquid version). It's the perfect highlighter for neutral skin tones, and the shimmer in it is so fine it gives the most natural-looking glow to the skin. I love the simple but classy packaging on their products.
Lush is my absolute favorite skincare brand. I love their philosophy of using natural ingredients and the cruelty-free and eco-friendly policies they follow. My favorite products are the massage bars and solid body butters - very rich and moisturizing (I have extremely dry skin, especially during winters) - and the Lush Dream Cream body lotion would be my pick for those with dry, sensitive, itchy skin. It's amazing how soothing and moisturizing it is. Also, love the Rehab conditioner - great for dry hair - and their fresh face masks.
The Body Shop is my favorite place to shop to stock up on winter skincare - very specifically, their body butters. They are the best! I love the packaging, love the quality of the products, and of course, I love the sales. Another favorite of mine from Body Shop are the cruelty-free brushes. These were the very first makeup brushes I bought, and I still own and use them today (at 5-6 years old if not more). The brushes haven't shed, cracked, broken, or splayed out like I see with a lot of other brands, and there is a good selection of brushes too. I also love their perfumes and body mists.
I don't shop very often from Ulta, but I do like their broad selection of products and in-store displays. I have only gone to one Ulta store, so my experience is limited to that, but I found the SA there a bit pushy. Maybe she was just trying to be helpful, but I prefer to wander around and shop at my own pace. Ulta online - the website - I really don't like very much. Browsing takes a bit of getting used to and categories and brands are a little difficult to locate. That said, Ulta has fantastic sales and great coupons, so for those looking to pick good makeup at a reasonable price, this is the place to go.
MAC has quite a cult following among makeup/beauty lovers, and initially,, I was a bit intimidated by all the hype. After trying out some of their products in store, though, I have quite a few favorites. Eyeshadows, for instance, are a must-have for me, especially the prolongwear formula. I love their custom palettes and how you can pick up refills of blushes and shadows and build you own palette. The prices of the products are reasonable too, falling somewhere between drugstore (and sometimes lower than that) and higher-end brands, and the quality for the most is quite good. I also like their brushes, which again are moderately priced, and are well designed and functional.